Now, since the theme was Tea Party, my mind began racing like crazy! I had so many different ideas - from tea sandwiches to scones, and teacakes to macaroons. There are just so many wonderful ideas out there for creating a tea party. However, rather then overwhelm myself and get a headache, I decided to keep it simple... and sweet! As many of you know, I love dessert, especially chocolate! And what tea party doesn't have a little something sweet? As a result, I decided to make Coconut Madeleine's dipped in chocolate!
-1 stick of unsalted butter, melted and cooled
-3 extra large eggs at room temperature
-2/3 cup sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
-1 cup all-purpose flour
-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-12 ounce bag of Hershey chocolate chips
(Helpful hint: If you do not like coconut you can just leave it out all together or you can add another flavor, such as almond. My boyfriend loves coconut so much that I actually leave out the vanilla and only add 1 teaspoon of coconut extract when making a batch for him).
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease your Madeleine pans and set aside.
Beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and coconut extracts together in a bowl until a light yellow and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Then, mix in the butter. Sift in the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Using a soup spoon, drop the batter into the prepared pans. Fill each shell just about full (but do not fill completely or they will overflow when baking). Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the Madeleine's bounce back when you touch them. Dump the Madeleine's out onto a cooling rack lined with parchment paper and allow to cool. If you prefer your Madeleine's plain, then eat them up! If not, you can dip them into chocolate once cooled. I usually dip half of my batch into chocolate and leave the other half plain.
To dip the Madeleine's; melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. I usually add about a tablespoon of vegetable shortening to help the chocolate stick better, but you do not have to use the shortening.
Taking the Madeleine's one by one, dip one end of the cookie into the melted chocolate and place back onto the parchment paper. Once all of the madeleine's have been dipped into the chocolate, place the cookies in the fridge to help the chocolate harden faster.
Serve after tea, coffee, lunch, or dinner... basically at any time, and enjoy! Also, don't forget to check out Kelly Confidential for more information on how to donate to Ovarian Cancer Research. Thank you!